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'Retract your lies': White House doubles down on its 'reversed course' claim about Florida and the pediatric Covid vaccine

In what was news to Gov. Ron DeSantis and his team, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre boldly declared on Friday that Florida had “reversed course and will now let docs and hospitals order vaccines for young patients”:


This was a follow-up to the Miami Herald story we told you about on Thursday saying Florida was the only state that didn’t pre-order the pediatric Covid vaccine:

Gov. DeSantis said yesterday, in response to that Miami Herald story, “Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there’s not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to get COVID jabs to infants and toddlers and newborns.”

This means the statement by KJP today that Florida had “reversed course” is just not true and team DeSantis is pushing back hard on the White House’s claim:


“This is a bold face lie,” tweeted press secretary Christina Pushaw:

Here’s the full statement from Jean-Pierre:

“We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Gov DeSantis to order COVID-19 vaccines even after every other state had ordered, the State of Florida is now permitting health care providers to order COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest children. We believe it is critical to allow parents everywhere to have the choice to get their kids vaccinated and have a conversation with their pediatrician or health care provider. Even though Governor DeSantis reversed course and is now ordering vaccines, we will pull every lever to get pediatricians across Florida vaccines as quickly as possible.”

And the only thing that changed between Thursday and today is that the FDA authorized it:


Pushaw confirmed that the State of Florida “is not placing any orders of covid shots for 0-5 year old babies & kids”:

But then the White House doubled down on their original claim with a weasely statement from  Covid coordinator Dr. Ashish K. Jha who wouldn’t say if there was a reversal or not but did say “something clearly changed between yesterday and today in the state of Florida”:

Yeah, well, what changed was yesterday the vaccine wasn’t approved and today it is. That’s why doctors can order it today and not yesterday:


It’s not a good look:

We all know why the White House did this:


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